Apple is researching how to make the ultimate MagSafe wallet and iPhone carrying case

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in iPhone edited April 16

Apple has been granted a patent for a new accessory that would hold a user's credit cards, charge their iPhone, and be worn on the wrist or around the neck.

Technical line drawing of a wallet with compartments and a strap, viewed from an angle showing internal features.
New luggage-label-like accessory designed by Apple



Apple's FineWoven cases for iPhone may not have been the most well-received ones that the company has made, but it isn't giving up looking for new accessories. In a newly-granted patent called "Accessory device for electronic devices," Apple proposes an accessory that looks like an over-sized luggage tag.

As depicted in the patent's drawings, the accessory is a holder for an iPhone that comes with a strap for attaching it to, perhaps, baggage. Depending on the size and length of the strap, though, this could also be a lanyard, or a way of attaching the iPhone to a wrist.

"[This is] an accessory for carrying a portable electronic device as well as other personal items (e.g., credit cards)," says the patent. "When the accessory device carries the electronic device, the accessory device can communicate with the electronic device, allowing the electronic device to adjust display features in accordance with features of the accessory device."

"The accessory device can also promote wireless charging of the electronic device," it continues, "while hiding/obscuring the structural features (e.g., magnets, structural layers) used to enhance wireless charging efficiency."

There variations on the proposal, but in general Apple describes have a "pocket configured to receive the portable electronic device," or iPhone. There can be an opening in the pocket that helps with wireless charging.

Apple also wants this accessory to be active, in that it communicates with the iPhone it is housing. Then the iPhone can "identify the accessory device and some of its features, such as a location of an opening (or openings)."

That means that the iPhone could elect to display "visual information on the display at a location corresponding to the opening such that the visual information is viewable through the opening."

Plus the accessory could be identified so that the iPhone has a record of the "thickness and material makeup of the accessory..." Then the iPhone could more accurately and reliably determining charging characteristics, such as the time required to charge" its battery.

Technical drawing of a flat object with a circular detail, rectangular area, and attached looped handle.
Many of the patent's drawings include positioning for MagSafe



The drawings show various openings for MagSafe connections, for instance. They also show structural "or stiffening" layers, which Apple says helps with the wireless charging.

While the drawings inescapably bring to mind luggage tags, the text description makes it sound more as if Apple is looking to make a small bag.

"[The accessory] is designed to carry and support portable electronic devices, including smartphones and tablet computing devices, as non-limiting examples," it says. "Additionally, accessory device 100 is designed to carry/hold a user's personal items, such as credit cards, hotel cards, cash, etc., as non-limiting examples."

This patent is credited to four inventors, including Sara Rusignuolo. Her previous Apple work includes several patents and applications regarding iPhone accessory cases.

Note that Apple applies for many hundreds of patents every year. Even when one is granted, though, it is not a guarantee that the product it describes will be released.



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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    hmlongcohmlongco Posts: 543member
    Apple needs to fix their existing wallet. In what universe did it make sense to put the hole on the side of the wallet next to the phone???

    The hole lets you use pressure to slide a card out... and you can only do that by removing the wallet from the phone.... which makes it much, much more likely that you're going to leave it behind or lose it.

    Put the hole (or a notch) in a position where it can be used WHILE STILL ATTACHED TO THE PHONE.
    Ofergrandact73
  • Reply 2 of 8
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,971member
    hmlongco said:
    Apple needs to fix their existing wallet. In what universe did it make sense to put the hole on the side of the wallet next to the phone???

    The hole lets you use pressure to slide a card out... and you can only do that by removing the wallet from the phone.... which makes it much, much more likely that you're going to leave it behind or lose it.

    Put the hole (or a notch) in a position where it can be used WHILE STILL ATTACHED TO THE PHONE.
    Exactly! The hole needs to be a semicircular opening at the bottom of the card pocket to allow you to push the cards up and out. The current design MIGHT have worked when cards had raised numbers that your thumb could get some purchase on, but with smooth ones it’s worthless. 
    Ofergrandact73
  • Reply 3 of 8
    M68000M68000 Posts: 766member
    No sale here.  I would never put credit cards or other important cards in same case as my phone.  If you lose your phone, everything else is gone with it.
  • Reply 4 of 8
    ranywranyw Posts: 3member
    No go if it’s a fine woven product , the wife isn’t too pleased with her case.  Easily damaged and stains very easily compared to the leather Apple case she had on her previous phone.  I still have my apple leather case for my 12 that I bought from day one.
  • Reply 5 of 8
    Why does anyone want to carry physical cards when you have digital Apple Wallet on the iPhone? This also holds loyalty cards, train and plane tickets etc. 
    I'm in the UK and haven’t carried a physical card of any sort for two years. 
  • Reply 6 of 8
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,971member
    Afarstar said:
    Why does anyone want to carry physical cards when you have digital Apple Wallet on the iPhone? This also holds loyalty cards, train and plane tickets etc. 
    I'm in the UK and haven’t carried a physical card of any sort for two years. 
    I don’t WANT to, but have to because some businesses don’t, won’t, or can’t do digital transactions. Home Depot in the U.S. for instance. Here In California, where they recently offered a digital driver’s license option, I’ve had it turned down twice as an ID—they demanded the “real” card. In CALIFORNIA, the home of Silicon Valley and the future!
  • Reply 7 of 8
    longfanglongfang Posts: 464member
    Afarstar said:
    Why does anyone want to carry physical cards when you have digital Apple Wallet on the iPhone? This also holds loyalty cards, train and plane tickets etc. 
    I'm in the UK and haven’t carried a physical card of any sort for two years. 
    There’s more countries in the world than those that start with United
  • Reply 8 of 8
    GeeAyeGeeAye Posts: 39unconfirmed, member
    Afarstar said:
    Why does anyone want to carry physical cards when you have digital Apple Wallet on the iPhone? This also holds loyalty cards, train and plane tickets etc. 
    I'm in the UK and haven’t carried a physical card of any sort for two years. 

    NO problem. you just stay there in the UK.
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